The 2014 11th Annual MHA Business Summit

As we proudly enter our second decade of the MHA Business Summit, planning has already begun for the 2014 event! With record attendance of more than 1,400 at the 2013 10th Anniversary MHA Business Summit, this meeting has become the “must attend” event for long-term care, home health care, home infusion, and specialty pharmacies.

The 2014 11th Annual MHA Business Summit will return to the venue where it all began—Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 19-21. Once more we anticipate over 1,400 registrants, including long-term care, home health care, home infusion, specialty, and other alternate site pharmacy executives and decision-makers, industry partners, and other health care executives.

The 2014 11th Annual MHA Business Summit will focus on federal and state legislation, business issues, legal issues, and general economic trends that are affecting long-term care, home health care, home infusion, specialty, and other alternate site pharmacies. As with all past Business Summit meetings, pharmacy continuing education credit will be available to registered pharmacists, including MHA members and industry partners.

The MHA Business Summit continues to offer industry partners one of the best networking opportunities available at any pharmacy meeting. Networking and exhibits will take place over two days to give participants time to interact with key decision-makers and influencers representing long-term care, home infusion, specialty, and retail pharmacies, and home medical equipment providers.

There are four dedicated exhibiting sessions, with no competing programming taking place during this time. Exhibit hall traffic has been consistently excellent, which provides extensive opportunity for interaction with key customers and decision-makers.

Gold Sponsorship provides additional benefits, including an invitation-only networking reception with MHA personnel and members, corporate promotion in the meeting materials, and premium exhibit booth location.

Program Objectives

  • Define how federal and state legislation and activities may affect long-term care, home infusion, and
    specialty pharmacies.
  • Identify short- and long-term trends that may affect the delivery of pharmacy services in long-term care, home infusion, and specialty pharmacies
  • Describe the changing roles and responsibilities of long-term care, home infusion, and specialty pharmacies within their respective care settings
  • Define strategies that can be used by long-term care, home infusion, and specialty pharmacies to stay
    financially viable
  • Examine methods that participants can use to establish strategies and better understand emerging models in alternate site pharmacy


Jim Craig

Leadership expert Jim Craig is best remembered for his outstanding goaltending in the “Miracle on Ice.” In the 1980 winter Olympics, the United States team beat the heavily favored Russians and went on to win the Olympic gold medal in what has been labeled the greatest sports moment of the 20th century. The picture of Craig with the American flag on his shoulders looking for his father is one of the most iconic images of all time. Today, Craig is president of Gold Medal Strategies, a Boston-based motivational speaking and sales training company.

Jennifer Granholm

One of the most respected political figures in the country, Jennifer Granholm served two terms as Michigan governor, leading Michigan out of an economic crisis and into the forefront of green job creation. Her memoir, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future, recounts her role in Michigan’s post-recession restructuring and is a roadmap for America in light of a budget crisis and the 2012 Presidential election. Granholm was the state’s first female attorney general in 1998. She was also chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and co-chair of the Health Care Task Force of the National Governors Association. After leaving office, Granholm hosted Current TV’s national political analysis show The War Room with Jennifer Granholm. Considered an expert in alternative energy strategy and economic recovery, she now teaches at the University of California - Berkeley in the Goldman School of Public Policy and writes a biweekly column for

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Uwe Reinhardt, PhD

Dr. Reinhardt is the James Madison Professor of Political Economy at Princeton University. As a leading health policy expert, Professor Reinhardt has advised various state and international bodies including the World Bank, the Physician Payment Review Commission, the Veterans Administration, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

As a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences since 1978, Professor Reinhardt has also served on the board of Duke University and remains an unpaid trustee of the Universities health system.  He has previously as well as currently served on the boards of several hospital systems and health care companies.

Professor Reinhardt is or has formerly been a member of numerous editorial boards, among them The Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, The New England Journal of Medicine, and The Journal of the American Medical Association. He is currently a member of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Jon Kingsdale, PhD

Dr. Kingsdale is Managing Director and co-founder of the Boston office of Wakely Consulting Group.

Prior to his current position, Jon was the founding Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, an independent authority established in 2006 under Massachusetts’ landmark health reform legislation. As the Executive Director for the first four years of reform, he led key initiatives to make health insurance universally available and to reform health care financing in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts experience was fundamental to national reform and the model for insurance reform and exchanges under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Since leaving the Health Connector, Jon has consulted to various government agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations on implementation of PPACA generally, and American Health Benefit Exchanges in particular. His clients include: CMS, the California Health Care Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, over a dozen states (a majority of the state-based exchanges), and health plans, hospitals and other private clients interested in health reform.

Wednesday, March 19
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Business Workshops
  Long-Term Care Pharmacy
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Improving Efficiencies in LTC Pharmacy
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Bill G. Felkey, BA, MS
Professor Emeritus of Healthcare Informatics
Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm RxPertise Enterprise Version
Jay Loeper, PharmD, FASCP
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Director, Clinical Software Development
Managed Health Care Associates Inc.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PointClickCare- Healthcare Information Technology
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Dave Wessinger
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Improving Efficiencies in LTC Pharmacy
Bill Felkey, BA, MS

  Home Infusion/Specialty Pharmacy
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Specialty Pharmacy Industry Panel: Addressing Industry Issues, Best Practices, and Improving Efficiencies
David M. Suchanek, RPh

Senior Vice President, Biotech and Specialty Services
D2 Pharma Consulting


Janice Anderson, RPh
Director, Pharmacy Programs

Gary M Cohen, RPh, CSP

Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Specialty Pharmacy

Sherri Cherman, PharmD
President and Chief Operating Officer and Founder
Modern HEALTHcare Pharmacy, Inc.

Ron Fine, RPh
Vice President of National Pharmacy Accounts

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Accreditation: Trends Within the Marketplace, Including
ACO’s, Specialty and Best Practices

Janice Anderson, RPh
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6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Opening Reception & Exhibits

Thursday March 20
7:00am - 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am State of the Industry
Michael J. Sicilian
Managed Health Care Associates, Inc.
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9:00am - 10:00am The Future of Health Care: A Perspective on Federal and State Initiatives
Former Governor of Michigan
Jennifer M. Granholm

Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy
University of California Berkeley School of Law
10:00am - 11:00am Break and Exhibits
11:00am - 12:30pm Lessons Learned from Health Insurance Exchanges: Massachusetts & U.S.
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Jon M. Kingsdale, PhD
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Wakely Consulting Group

12:30pm - 2:30pm Lunch and Exhibits
2:30pm - 3:45pm The Affordable Care Act: Implications for Health Care Providers
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Uwe Reinhardt, PhD
Healthcare Economist
James Madison Professor of Political Economy
Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
Princeton University

4:00pm - 5:00pm Gold Medal Strategies
Jim Craig
Goaltender of the 1980 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

5:00pm - 6:30pm Reception and Exhibits
8:30pm - 11:00pm MHA Networking Event
Friday March 21  
7:30am - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30am - 10:00 am Breakouts
  Long-Term Care Pharmacy
8:30am - 9:30 am Long-Term Care Legislative Update and Grassroots Effort Panel
Michael J. Sicilian

Michael Bronfein

Remedi SeniorCare

Dale Masten
Director, Government Affairs
Genoa Healthcare

Steve R. Switala, RPh
Pharmacy Concepts, LTD

9:45am - 10:45 am PDP Panel Discussion

Edmond K. O’Reilly
Vice President, Long-Term Care Network
Managed Health Care Associates, Inc.

Isaac Butler, PharmD, MBA
Senior Director, Retail Pharmacy Strategy
Express Scripts, Inc.

Jean M. Milford, MHA
Vice President, Provider Relations and Network Operations
EnvisionRx Options

Ira G. Protas, RPh
Director of Fraud, Waste and Abuse Investigations
EnvisionRx Options

Kerri Tanner, PharmD
Senior Director, Pharmacy Audit and Compliance

  Home Infusion/Specialty Pharmacy
8:30am - 9:30 am Biosimilars: Current Status and Future Trends
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Bradford Hirsch, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology
Duke University School of Medicine
Director, Clinical Informatics and Learning Laboratories
of the Center for Learning Health Care
Duke Clinical Research Institute

9:45am - 10:45 am The Impact of Mobile Technology on the Specialty Pharmacy Industry
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Srdjan “Serge” Loncar
Founding president and Chief Executive Officer
CareSpeak Communications

11:00am - 11:45 am Accountable Care Organizations and Post-Acute Care:
Implications and Strategies for Providers

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Andrew Croshaw
Leavitt Partners

Michelle L. Templin
Vice President
Strategic Business Development
Managed Health Care Associates, Inc.

11:45am - 12:00 pm Closing Remarks
Michael J. Sicilian
Managed Health Care Associates, Inc.